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Exploring the Link Between Foot Pain and Obesity

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Obesity, a growing concern in today's society, extends its impact beyond just weight-related health issues, as it may significantly influence the well-being of the feet. The association between foot pain and obesity is a palpable reality, as excess body weight places increased stress on the feet and their intricate structures. Feet, designed to bear the body's load, can become strained and overworked, possibly leading to conditions such as plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis. The additional pressure on the arches and joints contributes to chronic discomfort, hindering mobility and may diminish the overall quality of life. As body mass increases, so does the likelihood of developing foot pain. Understanding this link underscores the importance of weight management in alleviating and preventing foot-related issues. If you have foot pain, and feel it may be a result of being overweight, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief methods.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Institue. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George, Hurricane, and Cedar City, UT and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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